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Delhi rape victim's father urges viewing of documentary

New Delhi - The father of a woman who died after a savage gang-rape in Delhi said Thursday he thought everyone should watch a documentary about the attack broadcast by the BBC but banned in India.

British lawmakers back anti-slavery law

London - British lawmakers gave their backing to a new anti-slavery law that forces businesses to be more transparent about their supply chains, the first piece of legislation of its kind in Europe.

Mystery of 16ft python found dead in British canal

A 16ft-long reticulated python has been found floating in a canal in Lancashire, England, leading to a police appeal for information on how the dangerous animal came to be in the water.

Royal prank radio station faces losing licence

Sydney - An Australian High Court ruling Wednesday opened the door for a radio station at the centre of a royal hoax call controversy to face penalties including losing its licence.

Father says no proof his son is 'Jihadi John'

Kuwait City - The father of "Jihadi John" said in an interview published Wednesday that there was no proof that his son was the Islamic State executioner, adding there were a number of "false rumours" circulating.

India bans broadcast of BBC film showing gang-rapist

New Delhi - India has banned the broadcast of a controversial documentary in which one of the men who gang-raped and murdered a student is shown blaming the victim -- a move the film's maker called "arbitrary censorship".

Russian bombers disrupted planes in Irish airspace

Dublin - One plane was diverted and another delayed to avoid two Russian bombers that flew through Irish-controlled airspace without warning in February, the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) said on Tuesday.

India gang-rape victim 'partly to blame', says attacker

New Delhi - A film-maker behind a new documentary about a fatal gang-rape in India that caused global outrage told Tuesday how one of the men sentenced to death for the killing had shown no remorse during a "chilling" interview.

Prince William scores with football diplomacy in China

Shanghai - Britain's Prince William practised sports diplomacy in China on Tuesday, striding onto the football pitch at a Shanghai school.

'Jihadi John' relatives under watch in Kuwait

Kuwait City - Kuwaiti authorities are closely monitoring several relatives of "Jihadi John" who live and work in the Gulf emirate where the Islamic State executioner was born, press reports said on Sunday.

Faded seaside towns are fertile ground for UKIP

Kirkoswald - Deprived of tourists by the advent of cheap foreign holidays, many of Britain's faded seaside towns have become pockets of deprivation -- and fertile territory for the populist, anti-European UK Independence Party (UKIP).

Prince William travels to tsunami-hit northeast Japan

Ishinomaki - Britain's Prince William on Sunday made a pilgrimage to port communities devastated by a huge tsunami that hit Japan in 2011, receiving origami paper cranes from survivors before the fourth anniversary of the disaster.

'Jihadi John' contemplated suicide in 2010: Report

London - The London man believed to be Islamic State executioner "Jihadi John" told a journalist four years ago that surveillance by British security services had left him contemplating suicide, it emerged Saturday.

Cameron defends security services after media unmask 'Jihadi John'

London - Prime Minister David Cameron has defended Britain's security services after Islamic State executioner "Jihadi John" was unmasked as London graduate Mohammed Emwazi, a man previously monitored by spy agency MI5.

IS executioner 'Jihadi John' named as London graduate

London - "Jihadi John", the masked Islamic State group militant believed responsible for beheading of at least five Western hostages, has been named as Kuwaiti-born computing graduate Mohammed Emwazi from London.

Assange appeal lodged with Swedish Supreme Court

Stockholm - Lawyers for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said Wednesday they filed an appeal to Sweden's Supreme Court seeking to quash the 2010 warrant for his arrest on accusations of rape and molestation.

Firing squads, blast walls and dangerous diplomacy in Somalia

Mugadishu - A navy flak jacket over his sky-blue shirt, Neil Wigan peered through the bulletproof glass window at six uneven wooden poles in front of a sand dune.

British ex-ministers accused in undercover sting

London - An undercover report accused two British former foreign ministers of offering to use their positions to help a private company in exchange for payment.

Britain will not send arms to Ukraine: Minister

London - A senior British minister ruled out sending arms to Ukraine Sunday as the United States and European nations sought ways to pressure Russia over the conflict in the ex-Soviet republic's east.

Britain warns of Russian danger to Baltic states: reports

London - Russia could inflict the tactics it is accused of using to destabilise Ukraine on Baltic members of NATO, Britain's defence minister warned in comments to British newspapers.

Swiss raid HSBC in money laundering probe

Geneva - Swiss authorities on Wednesday raided the offices of British banking giant HSBC's Swiss unit as part of a money laundering probe into the bank that has been accused of helping clients to dodge millions of dollars in taxes.

'Revenge porn' law passed in britain

London - A new law banning "revenge porn" -- sexually explicit images shared online by a former partner without their ex's consent -- was passed in England and Wales Thursday.

Brazil drops Cup scalping claim against British executive

Rio De Janeiro - Brazilian authorities have dropped their case against a British businessman accused of being involved in a $100-million ticket scalping racket at last year's World Cup, his company reported Wednesday.

Le Monde under fire from its businessmen owners over Swissleaks

Paris - Journalists at French newspaper Le Monde reacted angrily Wednesday to criticism from two of the paper's businessmen owners over its decision to publish the names of wealthy HSBC clients who dodged tax by opening Swiss accounts.

Britain 'reserves right' to arm Ukraine: minister

London - Britain reserves the right to arm Ukraine and will not allow the Ukrainian army to collapse, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond told parliament on Tuesday.

SwissLeaks whistleblower's tale worthy of a spy novel

Paris - Herve Falciani was once just an IT worker at a big bank, but since running off with hundreds of thousands of damaging documents from banking giant HSBC he has been alternately called a hero and a thief."He is brave. We have the highest opinion of Mr.

HSBC 'SwissLeaks' leaker urges more support for whistleblowers

Geneva - The man who stole the trove of secret files that sparked a global scandal over banking giant HSBC's alleged assistance to wealthy tax dodgers called Monday for more protections for whistleblowers.

HSBC 'tax dodge' revelations are just tip of iceberg, says leaker

Geneva - The former HSBC employee who leaked sensational secret documents alleging the bank helped wealthy customers dodge millions of dollars in taxes warned Tuesday that the revelations are just the "tip of the iceberg".

Britain says Putin behaving like 'mid-20th century tyrant'

London - Russian President Vladimir Putin is behaving like a "mid-20th century tyrant", British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said Sunday, urging him to change track and save Russia's economy from further decline.

Film brings belated acclaim for WWII codebreaker Turing

London - British mathematician Alan Turing ended his life condemned for being gay, but "The Imitation Game" has finally seen him recognised as a hero who hastened the end of World War II by cracking the Nazis' codes.
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